August 2019

Discovery Communications is planning to relocate f

first_imgDiscovery Communications is planning to relocate from its home in Maryland to New York City in 2019 after buying Scripps Networks Interactive.The move is contigent on the US$14.6 billion deal for Scripps completing, as expected.David ZaslavThe plan will see Discovery’s HQ move to New York, with a national operations headquarters based at Scripps’ home in Knoxville, Tennessee.Discovery will not be ditching Maryland, its home of 33 years, entirely. “Select network and support functions” will remain based at Maryland network hub, with government relations remaining geographically close to the metropolitan Washington DC area, where US politics are centred.Discovery also plans to have a technology hub in Northern Virginia and another in Knoxville.“The media industry is rapidly evolving, increasingly global, more consumer focused and more multi-platform and Discovery must evolve with it,” said David Zaslav, Discovery’s president and CEO, while announcing the changes first to employees yesterday.‘Discovery was founded in Landover, Maryland back in 1985. It moved its headquarters to Bethesda in 1991 and then to its current home in Silver Springs twelve years later. There is currently around 1,300 staff at its HQ.Zaslav said the decision to move away was “one we do not make lightly”, claiming Discovery could still “remain unwavering” in its support for Maryland.last_img read more

Viasat World has announced that its period drama P

first_imgViasat World has announced that its period drama PayTV channel Epic Drama is now available on UPC’s platforms in Poland, Romania and Hungary. Adding 1.5 million subscriptions across the CEE region, Epic Drama will join a pre-existing portfolio of Viasat World channels already available through UPC’s platforms in these territories.Epic Drama launched in December 2017 and now has more than 60 CEE operators carrying the PayTV channel and related SVOD offering on their platforms. Benjamin Groocock, acting VP commercial affairs at Viasat World, commented: “With its expertly curated programming, Epic Drama has already been a huge success in Poland, Romania and Hungary. Our long-standing relationship with UPC is set to flourish further still with Epic Drama joining our other channels on the UPC platforms. With more fantastic content deals in the pipeline, we are confident that audiences will continue to be blown away by the top-quality programming they find at their fingertips.”New period drama series that will be available to subscribers in June include Line of Separation. Spanning nearly a decade, from the end of the war to the building of the Wall, this story tells of the fate of Tannbach, a town stuck between democracy and communism. In July viewers can watch French fashion house drama The Collection (pictured) and X Company, set in the dangerous world of WWII espionage.In Poland, Epic Drama will join Polsat Viasat History, Polsat Viasat Explore and Polsat Viasat Nature in the Max (EBT) package. In Hungary, it will reside in the Digital Gold package, with Viasat History/Nature HD and Viasat Explore also in the line-up.last_img read more

Acorn TV has grown its distribution footprint exp

first_imgAcorn TV has grown its distribution footprint, expanding to Apple TV, Roku, Amazon and Android TV.The AMC-owned SVOD – which is focused on British programming and international drama – is now available on Apple TV channels in the Apple TV app, Roku Channel, Amazon Channels Canada and Android TV.For Apple, customers in the US and Canada can now subscribe to Acorn TV directly via the Apple TV app, while the platform is now available for purchase through Premium Subs on the Roku Channel.On Amazon, the service is available as an add-on sub through Prime Video Channels, and on Android, it is available as an app on Android TV Smart TVs and digital media players.Acorn TV is accessible through Acorn.TV as well as Chromecast, Comcast/Xfinity and apps on the App Store, Android Google Play, Roku and Amazon FireTV.Later this summer, Acorn TV will also be available as an app on Vizio smart televisions.The platform’s recent originals include London Kills and Queens Of Mystery. Most recently, Irish broadcaster RTÉ and Acorn Media Enterprises co-commissioned Victorian mystery Dead Still.Mike Pears, president of US distribution for RLJ Entertainment and Acorn TV, said: “Acorn TV is now available in more ways than ever before so customers can watch its addictive international mysteries and dramas on whatever device or platform they prefer.“With millions of drama and mystery fans worldwide, we’re thrilled to work with these key distribution partners to continue to evolve the service and expands its distribution in North America as well as worldwide.”last_img read more


first_img NEW SMASH HIT COMEDY ‘IT’S WINE O’CLOCK’ COMES TO THE ALLEYNUALA AND NOLEENTHE ALLEY THEATRE YOUTUBE sensations Nuala and Noleen are ‘on the wine again’ and hitting the stage at the Alley Theatre on Saturday 30th September as they proudly present their new smash hit comedy play ‘It’s Wine O’Clock’.The play centres around Vera, the farmer’s wife who is so excited as her only son Seamus is getting married! Everyone is cordially invited to watch the shenanigans which unfold on this special day!With the Winebulance providing the drink, the band ‘Keep er Lit’ keeping everyone on the dance floor – this riotous show features special guests, the farmers (Pat and Eamon), the Bridesmaids, the Yummy Mummies, the Grannies, and of course Nuala and Noleen always looking for love!Jacqui Doherty, Venue Manager of the Alley Theatre, is urging everyone to come along and see the wedding of the year! ShareTweet She said: “This is a brilliant comedy from two very funny ladies. You may have seen their hilarious videos on Youtube and Facebook such as ‘Irish Farmers Wives’, ‘Tantouring: 50 Shades of Brown!’, ‘Brows on Fleek’, ‘Irish Daddies’ and lots more.“‘It’s Wine O’Clock’ really is a rip-roaring, laugh out loud, feel good tonic.“It has not only received rave reviews but standing ovations throughout the country. This will be a great ‘girls’ night out with plenty of laughs – so come along as Nuala, Noreen and the Winebulance visit the Alley.“Tick tock, ‘It’s Wine O’Clock!’” Tickets are £12 available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.comNEW SMASH HIT COMEDY ‘IT’S WINE O’CLOCK’ COMES TO THE ALLEY was last modified: September 25th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

It has been key in dramatically reducing infant d

first_img“It has been key in dramatically reducing infant deaths throughout Finland, where the scheme originated and has now run for over 75 years.“By helping new parents at a time when they are undoubtedly stretched financially, this scheme can provide crucial support. “A baby box is a positive gift to families of all backgrounds – we as a society are saying every child is equal and every child is valued. “For something so simple to have such a positive lasting impact, it would be a short-sighted move not to deliver this initiative to families in Northern Ireland. “The Royal College of Midwives know the worth of these small boxes and have echoed the SDLP’s demand for the same initiative here. “If it was made available as part of a support package, combining antenatal care and improved perinatal care, it could prove invaluable to expectant mothers. “It is essential we support parents through education – including classes and care packages, through every step of pregnancy, birth and the important stages thereafter, so that they are better equipped to deal with parenthood and to ensure our children have the best start in life.“We are once again faced with the familiar and frustrating situation where babies and families here will continue to miss out due to the lack of an Executive and functioning Assembly,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan calls for baby box roll-out in North of Ireland was last modified: August 17th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: baby boxDEPARTMENT OF HEALTHDurkan calls for baby box roll-out in North of IrelandFOYLE MLAHEALTH SPOKESPERSONMark H DurkanSDLP ShareTweet SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has called for a baby box initiative in the North of Ireland, following a successful first year of the scheme in Scotland.The Foyle Mla said: “Seeing the positive impact of this initiative in Scotland, the universal roll-out of baby boxes in Northern Ireland just makes sense.“These boxes are a significant and positive investment in early years, improving the health and well-being of all babies. last_img read more

Next PostTwo Wyoming County Residents Arrested For

first_img Next PostTwo Wyoming County Residents Arrested For Selling Meth, Operating A Drug House Twitter FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY)- A Fayette County woman wanted from Florida has been arrested.According to Sheriff Mike Fridley, A Deputy with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling U.S. Route 19 in Fayetteville when he executed a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic infraction. The deputy discovered that the driver is wanted from Deland, Florida for violating conditions of her parole.Samantha Jo Legg, 29 of Oak Hill, was arrested and transported to the Southern Regional Jail on a Fugitive From Justice warrant obtained by the deputy. There she will await extradition proceedings.If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590, or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by Deputy C.M. Tomlin of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. Linkedin Previous PostBody Found In Mercer County Pinterest CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedNewsWatchTop Stories A woman wanted from Deland, Florida has been arrested By Daniella HankeyJul 05, 2018, 11:33 am 964 0 Tumblr Facebook Mail Daniella Hankey Google+ Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News A woman wanted from Deland, Florida has been arrestedlast_img read more

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first_img Next PostAmazon fires employee for sharing customer email addresses Linkedin MORGANTOWN, WV (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says the school must take risks in order to move ahead.Gee said during his annual State of the University address Monday that every risk includes a chance it won’t turn out as planned. But he said without mistakes, the university can’t learn or grow.Gee said WVU is focused on findings of WV Forward, a collaboration of WVU, Marshall University and the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Gee said WVU is working to build an innovation ecosystem critical to the state’s future.He said the university is also trying to help with the opioid crisis and is focusing on other health issues in the state, including heart disease, the leading cause of death in West Virginia. Pinterest Mail Facebook EducationNewsWatch West Virginia University president delivers annual address By Daniella HankeyOct 09, 2018, 07:45 am 273 0 Home NewsWatch Education West Virginia University president delivers annual address Daniella Hankey Twitter Previous PostMichael strengthens into Category 2 hurricane Tumblr Google+last_img read more

In This Issue   A kiwi back to rallying

first_imgIn This Issue. *  A$ & kiwi back to rallying. *  Eurozone IP prints weaker than expected. *  Swedish CPI prints negative. *  Watch out for year-end trading. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! RBNZ Greases The Rate Hike Tracks! Good Day!  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Man is it cold outside! 7 degrees my phone told me it was outside this morning on my way to work. YIKES! It’s time to sing a song to make it all go away. Little Jack Frost get lost, get lost. Little Jack Frost get lost. You know you don’t do a thing but put a bit on my toes, freeze up the ground and take the bloom from the rose. Oh little Jack Frost go away, go away, and don’t you come back another day!   There! I told him! Speaking of Frost. There certainly seems to be a chill that’s been cast over Aussie dollar (A$) in the past few months. Every time the A$ seems to get some wind in its sails, along comes a vacuum sucking up all the wind. And yesterday was another example of the vacuum sucking up all of the A$’s wind. Recall, I told you yesterday that the traders were scared of the Employment report that would print Wednesday night, and so they sold A$’s, since the recent trend was for the jobs data to disappoint. Well, the jobs report actually printed better than expected with 21,000 jobs gained in November, VS 10,000 expected. But the Unemployment Rate rose to 5.8%, which is the highest rate since 2009. And so, I guess the traders were correct in trading ahead of the report based on the recent results, but now they need to back track and reverse those losses they put on the A$ yesterday. It appears that the A$ is being bought again this morning, just not by the truck load at this point. But what is being bought by the truck load is the New Zealand dollar / kiwi. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) left no doubt at their meeting last night, of what they plan to do with interest rates next year and beyond. RBNZ Gov. Wheeler, said that, “the key rate will probably need to rise 225 basis points (2 ¼%) over the next 2 ¼ years.  Talk about greasing the rate hike tracks!  Recall when I told you that the markets were thinking that January might be the first rate hike for New Zealand? Well, I think it will be in the 1st QTR of 2014, but January might be rushing spring a bit. There’s something to be said about a country, and that country’s currency, when their Central Bank is giving an indication that they are going into a rate hike cycle, when every other Central Bank around the world is cutting rates, buying bonds, printing money, and debasing their respective currencies like there’s no tomorrow!  I still think that New Zealand’s Current Account Deficit is too high, but as I’ve explained many times in the past, having a large interest rate differential goes a long way in covering up the warts that a country may have.  It all depends on the country. For you can get blinded by the light of high interest rates in a country that has major problems. In Sweden this morning, their CPI (consumer inflation) missed its mark, printing a touch softer than expected. November CPI printed -.1% VS October, and was expected to be flat. This is not good news as the Riksbank (Sweden’s Central Bank) is going to be meeting next week, and you don’t want this to be the last thing they see before they decide what to do with rates!  But it’s done, and there’s nothing that can be done about it now. The Riksbank was apparently on the fence with what to do with rates before the CPI print, so the krona is getting sold this morning on the thought that this CPI print will lead the Riksbank to a rate cut next week. The euro traded above 1.38 yesterday. I had mentioned to Tim Smith, our metals guru, that 1.3832 was the 2013 high for the euro, and if the euro continued to trade up and through that figure, we could see a large move to the upside. But the single unit couldn’t hold 1.38 yesterday, and then overnight, the euro lost a bit more ground (not much, but some) when a report from the 17-nation Eurozone showed that Industrial Production contracted in October.  Yes, I know this is two month old data, and should be wrapped up with the left over fish from yesterday, but the markets think they know it all, and sold euros today, on two-month old data. I spent a good amount of time talking about the euro in the January edition of the Review & Focus that was put to bed yesterday, and in the letter, I talked about how I thought that the euro could continue to move higher in 2014, and gave my reasons. So, you’ll have to make certain you get your copy when it comes out! A teaser. that’s what  that is called. But keep in mind, that the markets are of the mind that the European Central Bank (ECB) is going to deliver another dovish message to them in 2014, while I don’t think they will. I know I’m out on a limb all by myself here folks, so don’t worry I picked out a nice big fat limb that will support me! I always tell you how I learned very early in my trading career that “the markets are never wrong” but I’ve held to the idea that while they aren’t  wrong because the masses always follow them, it doesn’t mean there isn’t room for my idea. And a wise man told me something yesterday that I had heard a version of many years ago, and find it to be very apropos here. If the majority were always right, then the majority would be rich.  Yesterday, I mentioned my friend, Peter, who had sent me a great description of what the Fed was doing. Well, I didn’t know this, but I mentioned him in the Pfennig yesterday and yesterday was his birthday! Talk about Karma flowing. The Chinese decided that they had seen too much One-Way Street talk for their currency, and pushed it weaker overnight. The downward move wasn’t huge nor did it erase the appreciation moves in the currency earlier this week. Just a reminder if you will, that they will not allow the markets to dictate where the currency goes as long as they maintain the conn on the renminbi / yuan. Once they decide to float the currency, then that’s a different story, but for now, the Chinese still are the gatekeepers on the renminbi/ yuan. So, with the renminbi / yuan weaker this morning, the rest of Asia is weaker too. The Singapore dollar, Indian rupee, and Japanese yen are all weaker. Now, don’t go crazy here folks, these weaker moves are small, nothing to get all lathered up about, so settle down. That’s it, nice and calm, take a sip of your coffee, dip that chocolate chip cookie in your coffee, now. Doesn’t that feel better? The British pound sterling continues to be well bid, which is somewhat surprising to me, in that they’ve got more problems that you can shake a stick at in England right now, and that should not be anything that is used as fuel to a currency rally. But it is what it is, and the pound sterling is 1.64 this morning. The last time the pound sterling was 1.64 it was going the other way (down) in April of 2011.  The graph of the pound is crazy folks. I went back to 2010, and the ups and downs look like a jagged piece of broken glass, and is probably just as sharp and painful to whomever touches it, just like the holders of sterling experienced these past 4 years. But the rise from 1.48 in July of this year to 1.64 now, has been impressive I must say. But remember the jagged edged piece of broken glass. Gold is down another $8 this morning. Earlier this week, it looked like we were putting the weak levels for Gold behind us and moving forward, but apparently not!  I review the trading logs each day for the metals, and I’ve noticed that quite a few of our clients that held Gold are selling. That makes no sense to me, but then I don’t buy Gold for just price gains. It’s a store of wealth, and always has been, but here in the U.S. most investors treat Gold as a commodity that goes up and down in price only, and therefore the wild swings in the price. The rest of the world views Gold as a store of wealth, and an insurance policy. You know, you buy health insurance and hope you never need to use it, the same with flood insurance, and so on, the one you hope you really never need to use is life insurance, but you own these pay on them, and hold them, just in case. Gold should be viewed the same way. But then that’s just me. I’m just saying. The U.S. Data Cupboard finally gets to some data today, with the November Retail Sales data, which are expected to be supported by auto sales, and the Christmas shopping season. For instance, the headline number is expected to increase .6%, but take out auto sales and it only increases .2%…  We’ll also see if the Weekly Initial Jobless Claims can show two consecutive weeks under 300,000. I doubt it can, but then who knows when it comes to surveys. Which leads me to what I talked about earlier this week, regarding the employment surveys being embellished. I’m really surprised that the major media outlets didn’t jump all over this news, but then they do have a problem with real investigative journalism. I did hear that one of the cookie cutter cable news outlets reported it, but just kind of did so, and then swept it under a rug.  This is when I wish I were king, and I could dictate what got put on the news! I guess somebody else has that job right now. HA! Before I head to the Big Finish today. Well, before I get out of here, and begin my annual Christmas Vacation, I wanted to bring something to everyone’s attention as we head into the year-end. (I’ll be back before year-end)  As we draw closer to the end of the year, traders are going to be squaring up their books to close the year. That means a lot of short positions get closed out, which in past years, saw the currencies benefit from those shorts being closed, and cause an end of the year rally in the currencies.  These rallies don’t usually shake themselves out until about the 3rd week of the New Year, as it takes that long for everyone to come back to work, and figure out what they want to do in the new year. So. don’t chase markets higher.  buy on weakness, sell on strength. remember that, and you’ll never be caught trying to catch falling knives.  This has been a public service announcement, had it been a real event you would have been instructed to head to the doors! For What It’s Worth. Yesterday I talked about the new Budget Accord, and discussed my problems with it. Apparently I wasn’t the only one that had a problem with it. David Stockman who doesn’t pull punches on this stuff was on CNBC talking with Rick Santelli about the Budget Accord. I pulled this from, so let’s listen in. “Former OMB director David Stockman rages to none other than Rick Santelli that the budget deal is a “betrayal and a joke” and “the final surrender of the House Republican leadership to beltway politics.” The dismal reality – that little to no one in the mainstream media will dare utter – the budget adds $70 billion to spending this year and next year, and “then they’re going to pretend to save it in ’22 and ’23.” Stockman blasts, “they’ve not only kicked the can down the road, but kicked it into low-earth orbit.” The only hope of getting our fiscal house in order was if House Republicans stand up, and Stockman warns “will trigger an enormous negative reaction from Tea-Party Republicans.” The truth hurts… Santelli “we’re not talking about kicking the timeline can till the mid-terms, ” – “this is a two-year vacation on the fiscal budget.” “Just from the momentum built-in, our debt load will be $25 trillion by the end of the next Presidential cycle.” Chuck again. Yes, smoke and mirrors, seems to have been used in the announcement of this Budget Accord.  But one thing we must keep our eye on, and that is the expiration of the unemployment benefits for those unemployed for more than 6 months, that could come at the end of this year.  By cutting it out and allowing it to expire we could say $25 Billion. Not a lot when you consider the size of our debt, but you have to start somewhere! The thing that will really throw a spanner in the works if the benefit is allowed to expire, is that about 1.4 million workers will then be dropped from the “looking for work” category, which according to the mental giants that put this together, means the U.S. doesn’t count you as unemployed any longer, and the Unemployment Rate would drop like a rock! Which would be misleading because on the outside it would appear that our labor picture is fine, but under the hood would be all these American workers out of jobs, and no longer counted as “unemployed”. Go figure. To recap. The RBNZ left no one to confusion as they told us that rates will move higher  by 225 Basis points in the next 2 years.  You’ve got to love a Central Bank that is doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing! Eurozone Industrial Production was weaker than expected, and brought the euro back down from 1.38. Swedish CPI was negative and that’s not a good thing ahead of the Riksbank meeting next week! And today is Retail Sales here in the U.S.  take out the auto sales and there’s not much there to be happy about. Currencies today 12/12/13. American Style: A$ .9050, kiwi .8310, C$ .9460, euro 1.3780, sterling 1.6405, Swiss $1.1290, . European Style: rand 10.3670, krone 6.1640, SEK 6.5765, forint 219.95, zloty 3.0360, koruna 19.9160, RUB 32.73, yen 102.75, sing 1.2535, HKD 7.7535, INR 61.82, China 6.11150, pesos 13.05, BRL 2.3350, Dollar Index 79.90, Oil $97.46, 10-year 2.85%, Silver $19.73, Platinum $1,375.25, Palladium $728.95, and Gold.. $1,235.94 That’s it for today. And this week for me, as I begin my annual Christmas vacation tomorrow. I will start my vacation off with my annual “shopping day” wink, wink.  Our house guests are moving into their new house on Friday! Little Delaney Grace sat at the kitchen table with me last night and we sang Christmas songs, she’s so adorable! She told her mom that she was going to stay with me until Mimi got back next week, so I wouldn’t be alone. So adorable! I used to sing out loud, Christmas songs at house but then the chemo plays games with my voice now, so it’s rare I find myself in strong enough voice to sing out loud. So. I hope that you have a Magical Christmas.  It’s such a fun time of year for me, and now that we have “little ones” around the house again it’s even more fun! I worry about their future all the time, but at Christmas, I put that away and enjoy watching them have fun!  So. there you go! In my December Review & Focus I left the readers with a line that I’ve used for several years now, and will use it here too. May the light of faith, the warm of heart, and the love of family be your gifts this Christmas. Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

We recently ran into Explorers League honoree Rob

first_imgWe recently ran into Explorers’ League honoree Robert Quartermain in Vancouver, so we sat down with him for an update on the world-class Brucejack gold mine, currently under construction in northern British Columbia. Louis James:  Bob, why don’t you take us back to the beginning of Pretium’s Valley of the Kings discovery on the Brucejack property and bring us up to date on how the project is going today. Robert Quartermain: Sure. The story goes back to 1993, when Rick Rule financed Silver Standard. We did a $2 million financing, issuing 3 million shares at C$0.78. Our mandate was to go look for silver. In about 1999, Rick suggested that we look at Newhawk. “They’ve got 26 million ounces of silver there, oh, and there’s a little bit of gold in the west zone. Maybe you should think about buying it.” So Silver Standard merged with Newhawk. It was a $5 million transaction. They had $2 million in cash and what was then the Brucejack and Snowfield Projects. In 2006, when the price of gold started to go up, we looked at the old data. There was a drill hole up at Snowfield. It was about 500 feet of about 3 grams of gold. I thought – that’s interesting. So I took our head geologist and we flew up in a helicopter. We saw all the incredible alteration. L: I’ve made that flight and posted pictures for our readers. It is indeed incredible. You can see that something big happened to the rock there. I should also note for those new to the story that Snowfield and Brucejack are adjacent. Bob:  Yes. There are kilometers and kilometers of this red laminated alteration. That told me there’d been a lot of fluids moving through the earth there. So we landed at Snowfield and we started to walk. Because Snowfield is part of a large copper-gold system, it has a little bit of molybdenum at the top. I noticed the moly and it reminded me very much of the rocks at the Hemlo Camp. I’d worked at the David Bell mine there. Drilled it all back in 1982 and ’83. The rocks at Snowfield and Brucejack are much younger – only 200 million years old versus the 2 billion at Hemlo – but the association looked good. So we started drilling that in 2006. We put a lot of holes in through ’07 and ’08 and we outlined a large bulk tonnage resource. It was approximately 2 billion tonnes at a half-gram of gold for 34 million ounces. On our way up to Snowfield, we had, of course, flown over the old West Zone. There, you see this nice quartz-veined surface. The rest of the property has kilometers and kilometers of alteration. And I said, “Why don’t we go drill that off?” So we started drilling it at 200-meter centers because it’s a large area. Well, hole number 12 in that program hit a high-grade interval of 16 kilograms of gold, within the low grade. L: That’s not just high-grade – it’s almost off-the-charts bonanza-grade. Bob:  Yes, but at the time, we thought it was a geological curiosity. Then, in 2010, we went back to do more drilling on it and found a few more higher-grade hits. I was thinking that with that kind of high-grade material, Mother Nature doesn’t often put it there by itself. I thought we should keep the Brucejack Project in Silver Standard and maybe change our name from Silver Standard into a gold or precious metals company. The board of directors and I had a difference of opinion. As you know, I retired. In August of that summer, the board decided to go and sell the Brucejack and Snowfield projects. They wanted about $500 million. They couldn’t find any buyers because most people thought it was too low grade. By that time, they had outlined about 10 million ounces at Brucejack but, again, at a gram. L: A gram is fine for a heap-leachable gold deposit with good recoveries, infrastructure, and so on. But Snowfield and Brucejack are pretty far off the beaten track in northern British Columbia. You need high margins to make a project work there. Bob:  That’s why they couldn’t find any buyers. So I went and asked the geologist working at Silver Standard what the multi-kilo material looked like. He said, “Very high-grade seams of gold.” I looked at this piece of drill core, from hole number 84, that ran about 5 kilograms of gold. I said, “Well that’s not like a nugget of gold. That’s a seam of gold. If there are 5 kilograms sitting in this rock, the rest of it is still sitting underground somewhere. That’s probably a mine.” So I decided to put together a group and make an offer. L: Based on six scattered ultra-high-grade hits, you raised over $400 million to buy Brucejack and Snowfield. Bob:  Yes, it was only half a dozen drill holes, but each of the holes had these seams of high-grade gold. It struck me: We have all of this low-grade material and a few of these high-grade hits – they may not line up so that you can mine them alone, but they’re going to carry the rock well enough that we could build a mine that would take it all together at what would be a very high-average grade. I knew this could be done because I worked at the Lamaque Gold Mine for Teck in Val-d’Or as an underground mine geologist. It’s a 6-gram, high-grade, nuggety mine. There are seams of gold that made it work. That was the turning point for me. I knew there was an opportunity to find a high-grade project. I put $7 million of my own hard-earned money into it. This was most of my net worth at the time. I liked the commodity, but more importantly, if I was right about the high-grade thesis, I’d create lots of money, not only for myself, but also for shareholders. L: I love stories about unlocking value simply by looking at things differently. That’s what you did when you saw a potential high-grade mine where others saw low-grade dirt. And you were right. You now have not only a super-high-grade deposit, but a monster-size deposit – the rarest of combinations. You’ve raised the money and are now building the Brucejack gold mine. Talk to us a little bit about that. How close are we? Bob: I should point out that the discovery was basically in 2011 – five years ago. Due to our consistent high-grade hits, we now have 9 million ounces of gold in our resource model at an average grade of 17 grams per tonne. That’s 17 times higher than the average grade of the gold mines currently in the world. That’s what makes this mine unique, and why, as you pointed out, we were able to finance it. Last year, we raised almost $550 million between a debt financing facility and a stream we put in place. We raised another $140 million earlier this year and are now fully funded. We started construction on the project last September. We have about an 18-month construction window. There are almost 900 people currently working at the site today. We’re getting the transmission line in place. We’re enclosing the mill building. We’ve nearly completed our permanent camp and are continuing the underground development. We hope that a year from now, we’ll be able to show our shareholders that were producing gold. We plan to start commissioning the mill in the second half of next year. Now, because of its high-grade nature, the all-in sustaining cost projected in our 2014 feasibility study is less than $500 an ounce. We expect to produce about 500,000 ounces of gold per year in the first years, 400,000 on average over the life of the mine. We plan to generate – at a current gold price of $1,300 to $1,400 per ounce – some $300 to $400 million of free cash flow every year. When you consider our fairly low share count, 178 million shares outstanding, that’s a couple dollars per share of free cash flow. That means we should be able to pay back the capital costs for the mine quickly. More important is that down the road, our shareholders should be able to join us in the wealth that’s going to be produced from this high-grade opportunity. L: Dividend potential. Excellent. Happy to hear that. But, Bob, you’re an explorer. You haven’t stopped looking for more zones like Brucejack’s Valley of the Kings discovery, right? Bob: That is correct. In 2015, we drilled an area to the east called Flow Dome. It’s a recognizable, high-topographical area on the project. We had always kind of wondered what may exist below there. The current Valley of the Kings resource trends in an east-to-west direction, towards Flow Dome. So we stepped out about a kilometer and put a couple of holes in – Holes 657 and 666, if people want to look them up on our website. Both of those holes hit high-grade mineralization. Important for me was hole 666. We drilled that to 1.2 kilometers in depth where we hit half a meter of 8.6 kilograms of gold per tonne. That’s something like 240 ounces of gold per ton. L: That’s $300,000 rock. Bob:  Yes. At the beginning of this interview, we talked about those first half a dozen high-grade holes. Now, we’re building a mine there and we’ve stepped out and drilled another half a dozen holes. Every one of them has hit high-grade gold, including multi-kilo intervals. This tells me that we could substantially increase the 9 million ounces we’ve outlined now if there’s a similar zone at Flow Dome. That could result in a very long-life mine. It means taking that cash we talked about generating and using it to grow organically. L: And the current Valley of the Kings zone is still open at depth, right? Bob: The Valley of the Kings is open to depth, open along strike, open in all directions. But we’ve also shown that there’s similar high-grade material almost a kilometer away on strike and 1.2 kilometers down plunge to the Valley of the Kings. So how deep does it go? We don’t know. L: And just to be clear here, there are no blanks between? Flow Dome could actually connect to the Valley of the Kings? Bob: There are no blanks. L: It’s hard to believe that high-grade veins like this, which are usually narrow and discontinuous, could extend that far. Even if they’re there, you expect to hit blanks because they “pinch and swell.” So I tell myself not to expect these dots to connect … but it’s actually possible that they do? Bob: Every drill hole there hit gold. Whether the zones connect or not, this shows how huge this system is. It goes back to when the discovery process began, when we walked over Snowfield and Brucejack. The area hosts a large porphyry copper-gold system. The gold mineralization is so widespread on both properties, it goes on and on… It’s a huge system. Everywhere we drill, we get low-grade gold. L: Not to mention Seabridge Gold’s KSM gold mega-project next door. Bob: If we include the neighbors next door, we’re looking at 5 to 6 billion tons grading a gram of gold. We’re talking 120 to 150 million ounces of gold. With all those mineralizing solutions moving through that gold when it was deposited 180 million years ago, it’s no surprise that some of it got concentrated. We’re fortunate to have found that in the Valley of the Kings. L: Once you get into production – and let’s assume that everything goes as planned – you’ll be gushing cash. If a larger company doesn’t buy Pretium, what then? Anything that would be high-grade in another camp would likely be dilutive to your story. Bob: You’re astute in hitting that if we do any mergers or do anything else outside of Brucejack, it will probably dilute the quality of this asset. But what’s wrong with continuing to explore nearby? Eskay Creek − one of Canada’s highest-grade gold mines – is 15 kilometers north of us. We have the same kind of rocks. We’re actually drilling now, looking for more Eskay Creek-style mineralization. But as we pointed out, we have lots of potential at depth where we’re already mining. To have a long-term annuity coming from a gold project, is that a bad thing? Rather than go and dilute it with lower-grade assets, why not continue to do as we have? Our plan is to continue to mine this project. Generate free cash flow. Do on-site exploration, cover our sustaining capital, and dividend the rest back to shareholders. L: Sounds good to us. We’re exploration fans. We want to see you doing what you’re so famous for doing, and more power to you. Bob: It’s a fact that we have 110 square kilometers that we can explore on our project. There are lots of untouched areas of this anomalous red, rusty rock still waiting to be explored. It’s like any major mining camp in North America, whether it’s the Carlin Trend or Timmins. These have 150 to 200 million ounces of gold. We have the same all within 6 to 8 kilometers. It’s a very tight area. L: That’s an amazing point. You have the equivalent of the entire Abitibi between you and your neighbors. Bob: Correct. What lies under the mountains that we see up from the Valley of the Kings and the Brucejack area? That’s what we want to focus on. Take the money from this and continue to deliver value for shareholders as we have but high-grade value for shareholders. L: Excellent. Well, thank you very much for the update. We look forward to seeing you pour gold next year. Bob:You’re very welcome – and we do, too. And we expect all our shareholders to have cause for celebration then and going forward.last_img read more

BARCELONA Spain — Stephen Curry made six 3pointe

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Stephen Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, leading the U.S. national team into the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup with an 86-63 victory over Mexico on Sept. 6.The Golden State Warriors All-Star was 7-of-10 from the field and 6-of-9 behind the arc, continuing to move a dismal start to the tournament for one of the game’s best shooters.Warriors teammate Klay Thompson added 15 points for the Americans, who advance to a game Sept.  9 against either Slovenia or Dominican Republic, who they are a combined 3-0 against this summer. The U.S. beat both easily in exhibition play, then handled the Dominicans again during the group stage in Bilbao.Curry was just 4-for-17 overall in his first two games, though shot the ball over the next three. He saved his best performance for Barcelona, where the Americans are used to them.He made consecutive 3s early in the third quarter when the Americans put away the game, the second coming as he was knocked down by a defender who was lucky not to be called for a foul.Gustavo Ayon scored 25 points for Mexico, which won last year’s FIBA Americas tournament to qualify and then advanced as the No. 4 team out of Group D despite a 2-3 record.The 6-foot-9 Ayon played for the Atlanta Hawks last season but had his season cut short by right shoulder surgery in February. He is a free agent and showed enough footwork and shooting touch to warrant a look from someone else.But he couldn’t prevent what ended up as the usual American romp in Barcelona, where the Dream Team crushed the competition in the 1992 Olympics.The Americans averaged 117.3 points and won by 43.8 points a game then at nearby Badalona, but expect things to be a little more difficult here at the Palau Sant Jordi.The U.S. surged to a quick 13-2 lead, and after Mexico answered with seven straight, pushed the lead back up to 23-13 after one. It stayed in double digits for nearly entire second, though Ayon had a 10-point period to keep the Americans from getting too far ahead, and it was 42-27 at halftime.Curry’s consecutive 3s made it 50-27, and had back-to-back baskets again later in the third — including a layup for his only one inside the arc — before DeMarcus Cousins’ bucket made it 57-30.Despite being bordering countries, the teams hadn’t met since the 2007 Olympic qualifying tournament. They hadn’t played in the World Cup since 1967.James Harden finished with 12 points for the U.S.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins dr

first_imgNEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins drew 12,653 Wednesday night — combined.Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Tampa Bay set stadium lows this year. Kansas City had its smallest home crowd since 2011 and Toronto and San Francisco since 2010. The Marlins’ average attendance is less than Triple-A Las Vegas.Major League Baseball’s overall average of 26,854 through Wednesday is 1.4% below the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which wound up below 30,000 for the first time since 2003.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred attributes this year’s drop to fewer season tickets but emphasizes day-of-game sales are up 6%.“Given the explosion of entertainment alternatives and the growth of the secondary market, it is not surprising that season ticket sales can be challenging,” he said. “The clubs are responding to this challenge with creative and effective approaches. For example, sales of subscription tickets are double what they were a year ago. And the Twins recently had a $5 flash sale that produced crowds of over 30,000 in three of four games, and the largest single-game attendance since 2016.”Nineteen of the 30 teams have seen their average fall from a similar point last year, with the largest drops in Toronto (6,963), San Francisco (6,463), Baltimore (3,839) and Detroit (3,686).Large rises have taken place for Philadelphia (10,383), Oakland (4,027), San Diego (3,465) and the Chicago White Sox (2,311). The Phillies signed Bryce Harper and the Padres added Manny Machado.“A lot of it comes down to competition. Fans want to know their teams are doing everything they can to compete for a championship every year,” union head Tony Clark said. “I see every empty seat as a missed opportunity. Experiencing a game and seeing players perform in person creates a bond with baseball; our industry needs to find ways to convert those empty seats into lifelong fans.”Fans watch a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Miami. Major League Baseball’s average attendance of 26,854 is 1.4% below the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which wound below 30,000 for the first time since 2003. Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Tampa Bay set stadium lows this year. Kansas City had its smallest home crowd since 2011, and Toronto and San Francisco since 2010. Miami and the Rays drew 12,653 Wednesday night _ combined. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MLB’s average peaked at 32,785 in 2007 — the last year before the Great Recession and the next-to-last season before the New York Yankees and Mets moved to smaller stadiums. The average was at 30,517 in 2015 before sliding for three straight years, and last season’s final figure of 28,830 marked a 4% drop, the overall number hurt by unusually cold and wet weather early in the season.Manfred points to other metrics that please MLB: Games top prime-time cable ratings in 24 of 25 markets and streaming is up 8.5%. He views increases for the Phillies, Padres, Athletics and White Sox tied to team performance.Florida remains a problem on both coasts.Despite a sparkling, eight-season-old ballpark with a retractable roof, Miami is averaging 9,554 in Derek Jeter’s second season as chief executive — below the 9,582 average for Triple-A Las Vegas in its first season at a new 10,000-capacity stadium.Tampa Bay plays in one of the most outmoded facilities in the major leagues and drew 5,786 against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, the smallest home crowd for the Rays, who started play at Tropicana Field in 1998.“The more people there are, the more energy there’s going to be,” Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said. “No matter what crowd you’re playing in front of, you have to get motivated.”A quartet of last-place teams has seen swaths of empty seats.Miami is on track to have the lowest home attendance in the National League for the seventh straight season. Tampa Bay is at the bottom of the AL for the fifth consecutive year.“Any time you’re seeing less people show up to the ballpark, I think you’re wondering why and you’re wondering how you can change that,” said Miami first baseman Neil Walker, accustomed to big crowds from his time in New York. “You’ve got to assume that it has a little bit to do with it being expensive to come to the ballpark.”Having traded many veterans, the Orioles are 28th in the majors at 16,263. Baltimore topped 2 million in 21 of its first 25 seasons at Camden Yards, exceeding 3 million nine times. But the Orioles drew 6,585 against Oakland on April 8, the lowest in the ballpark’s 28-season history except for a 2015 game closed to the public at a time when the city was plagued by rioting.“I wish fans were here. When we played in Wrigley, the energy level was off the charts,” first-year Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I’m hoping that someday soon that will be the case here.”Cincinnati’s crowd of 7,799 against Milwaukee on April 1 was the lowest for a Reds’ home game since 1984 at Riverfront Stadium. That same day, Toronto drew 10,460 against the Orioles, the smallest attendance at the Rogers Centre since 2010.San Francisco drew 28,030 vs. Pittsburgh on April 10, the Giants’ lowest home crowd since 2010.Kansas City’s crowd of 10,024 against the Twins on April 2 was the lowest at Kauffman Stadium since 2011. Minnesota drew 11,465 against Toronto on April 17, the lowest figure in Target Field’s 10-season history.“As a kid, I loved more than anything to go to the ballpark and I loved nothing more than playing baseball,” Walker said. “But I think a lot of people are just — they want action now. They don’t want to be totally consumed with a game maybe that’s just not timed.”By: Ronald Blum, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

School is harder than its ever been for 13yearo

first_imgSchool is harder than it’s ever been for 13-year-old Antonia Manuel Tom, a seventh grader at Eduardo Mondlane Primary Completion School in Mozambique.She’s got no textbooks or notebooks. She doesn’t get enough to eat. And when rain begins to fall, she and her classmates grow nervous. “I’m scared if another cyclone comes, it will take our house and the wind will blow us all away,” she says.When Cyclone Idai hit the shores of Mozambique on March 14, the wind did blow away a great deal. Hundreds of people died. Houses were destroyed. And across Mozambique’s central Sofala Province, over 600 schools were damaged by Cyclone Idai and over 300,000 children have had their learning disrupted, according to UNICEF. Julio Isaac, head of Tom’s school, which runs from kindergarten through seventh grade, still struggles to come to terms with the cyclone’s toll.A damp smell lingers in his office. A pile of school records salvaged from the storm sits bundled on a chair; many more were lost in the most devastating cyclone to hit southern Africa in decades.Meanwhile, the teachers and 508 students at Eduardo Mondlane — named for a professor at Syracuse University who was founding president of the country’s ruling party — are starting to rebuild.A lot of work lies ahead. Of the 48 classrooms, 32 were affected by the cyclone. Some have no roofs; others have water damage.”It’s too dangerous to put the children in some classes. The brown watermarks and the long cracks in the ceilings show some of the classrooms are not safe,” Isaac says.So some classes are doubling up. In the staff room, there’s a group of seventh graders on each side of the room. The teachers talk at the same time.Rita Ibrahim John, one of the seventh-grade teachers, says it’s distracting. “When they learn together like this, it’s hard to teach. The children don’t concentrate on what they are doing because they’re looking at the other class.”That’s not the only distraction.”A lot of the [students] are affected by their situations at home. Some of their houses got destroyed by the cyclone and some of them lost family members — so they are thinking about all of that,” says John.Antonia Manuel Tom, who’s in John’s class, is definitely preoccupied. Her family home was destroyed by the storm; she and her parents are living with relatives. “It’s hard for me to come to school because I don’t have food to eat at my aunty’s house,” she says.”When we get food, we get it from the tents [that provide emergency aid], but it’s not enough. I spend many hours learning at school so by the time I get home I’m so hungry and tired. We are staying with aunty and her family, but there’s never enough food,” she adds.Isaac acknowledges that hunger is one of the most common complaints he hears among Eduardo Mondlane’s schoolchildren, who range in age from 4 to 13. “It really affects their concentration,” he says.There are mental health issues as well. Save the Children, a U.K. global charity, in report published last week, surveyed 100 affected children in Beira and found signs of “severe psychological stress, including bedwetting, nightmares and anxiety.”Another worry is that families is the impact of the cyclone on the school dropout rate. Ordinarily, fewer than half of the country’s 13 million children under 15 complete primary school, which runs from kindergarten to seventh grade and is free and mandatory. But fewer than 20 percent of registered students continue on to high school; they may drop out because their parents can’t afford to pay secondary school fees.”If families whose property or livelihoods have been negatively affected by the cyclone are forced to send their children to work to make ends meet,” UNICEF said in a statement last week.Isaac is concerned some seventh graders — the final year of elementary school in Mozambique — might opt to earn an income doing menial jobs instead of continuing with their education.”Most of these children come from the township [a poor neighborhood] in Dondo. The families don’t have much, so some [parents] might end up [sending their kids] to the field [to work] instead of coming back to school,” he says. “Without a qualification they won’t get far.”Meanwhile, other parts of Mozambique are facing an imminent weather threat. Cyclone Kenneth has made landfall in the remote northern regions of Mozambique and southern Tanzania this week. Although the typhoon might not be as deadly as Cyclone Idai, which killed over 1,000 people across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, it could be a further setback to the coastal nation.Tendai Marima is a researcher and freelance journalist currently based in southern Africa. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @i_amten. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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first_imgPhoto by X-GolfLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:09 pmLos Angeles-based indoor golf simulator company X-Golf America Inc. will open its first Wisconsin location in Brookfield this fall.The 6,000-square-foot venue, taking over a former warehouse building at 12565 W. Feerick St., will include seven high-tech golf simulators and a full bar and kitchen, positioning itself as a destination for social interaction and year-round play.“It’s user friendly in terms of removing barriers of entry to outdoor play like pace of play… it’s really good for kids or newcomers to the game because you go as fast or as slow as you want,” said Ryan D’Arcy, director of operations at X-Golf. It is one of several indoor golf-related entertainment concepts that are in the works throughout the area. Other projects include Luxe Golf Bays at the Ballpark Commons project at The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin, Topgolf Swing Suites at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and an indoor golf entertainment complex that could open in the Deer District surrounding Fiserv Forum.X-Golf currently operates 11 indoor golf centers across the U.S. It plans to open 15 additional locations by late winter, specifically targeting Midwest and East Coast cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Indianapolis, D’Arcy, said.“It’s exciting for us because we’re opening the brand to quite a few new markets that maybe haven’t heard of us yet,” he said.Local franchisees Shawn DeMain and Luke Larson plan to expand across the state as quickly as possible. After they open X-Golf in Brookfield, they will turn their attention toward downtown or north Milwaukee and Appleton as sites for additional locations, DeMain said.The concept will cater to golfers of all levels of experience, DeMain said. In addition to simulators available for an hourly rate, X-Golf offers weekly league play, tournaments and lessons from an in-house licensed PGA golf pro.“There are similar concepts in the area that are more like a bar that has simulators,” he said. “We want to be the opposite… a golf facility that also has a bar.”And with its food and beverage program, X-Golf’s facilities are also popular venues for corporate events or private parties.“This provides unique experience where you can play golf and be connected with the group you’re with,” DeMain said.X-Golf’s Brookfield location is slated for an early- to- mid-September opening. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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first_imgVisit to learn more or contact with any questions. In previous years, NEWMA trick-or-treating was promoted through orange ghost flyers. This year, Teal Pumpkin Project flyers will be used and distributed by local volunteers in the days leading up to Halloween. Flyers will also be available at Alba Produce (18 Parmenter Street). To participate, businesses should place the flyer in their windows before Halloween festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. This Halloween, the North End Waterfront Mothers’ / Fathers’ Association (NEWMA) is once again sponsoring neighborhood trick-or-treating on Wednesday, October 31, beginning at 3:30 p.m.In order for the holiday be a wholly inclusive celebration, NEWMA is encouraging both residents and local businesses to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. This is a nationwide movement by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization to encourage offerings of non-food treats in addition to traditional candy to trick-or-treaters at Halloween. It is a way for children with food allergies, diabetes, celiac disease, as well as other medical conditions – for whom all candy may not be an option –to enjoy a safer, happier holiday.“Many children with food allergy and other medical conditions cannot participate in the fun of Halloween because most candies and chocolates are not an option for them. By offering non-food treats such as glow sticks, bouncy balls, stickers, and other small toys, all children can enjoy the holiday. The intent is not to subtract anything from the fun, but to allow every child to enjoy the celebration.” – NEWMA member Giana DePasquale.Businesses participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project can continue to offer candy, but also give children the option of a non-food treat.*Advertisement*last_img read more

Councilor Ed Flynn is worried about evictions in t

first_imgCouncilor Ed Flynn is worried about evictions in the city of Boston.  During the regular city council meeting, Flynn called for a hearing regarding evictions and how to find solutions in helping residents. Currently, if someone is facing an eviction for reasons other than non-payment, they have 30 days to find new housing. However, Flynn wants longer periods. He is recommending if someone has lived in the same house for more than five years, they have a year to find a new place. If they are a senior citizen or low income, they will have two years to find new housing.*Advertisement* She said there is currently legislation being worked on at the State House to seal eviction records after three years. Edwards hopes her colleagues support the legislation when it comes time. According to Edwards, women are being evicted at higher rates than men.  Currently, the student population is 42 percent Latino, 34 percent black, 14 percent white and 9 percent Asian. In other business, Janey called for a hearing during the city council meeting about diversity in teachers at Boston Public Schools (BPS).  “This is happening all over the city,” Councilor Kim Janey added. “There has to be an ongoing conversation about this.” “It has a ripple effect,” she said. “It’s a scarlet letter that lasts forever.” “30 days is not enough time,” said Flynn. “It’s hard to prepare for court and find a new place in 30 days.”  Janey mentioned that BPS is under court order to keep certain levels of diversity, but a lot of teachers are retiring so they are seeing a steady decline in diverse teachers. Councilor Lydia Edwards applauded Flynn for calling the hearing. She said there are 43 evictions a day in Massachusetts. She also said if someone goes to eviction court, that stays on their record for the rest of their life.  “I don’t think that is adequate,” Janey said.  The court order calls for 25 percent of teachers to be black and 10 percent to be other races.  Flynn mentioned that residents often don’t have the financial resources for an attorney to go to court if they are facing an unfair eviction.  “We need to make sure our teachers are matching the rich diversity of our students,” said Janey.last_img read more


first_img Currently Currently Currently Need to submit a post? Great, start here! 1:00PM John Adams: The Colossus of Independence at the Paul Revere House. Hear from John Adams himself as he discusses his earliest beginnings in Braintree through his days as delegate of the Continental Congress and foreign ambassador. Hear his opinions of his contemporaries and how he longs to be home with his “dearest friend,” Abigail, and their children. Mr. Adams’ singular wit is appealing to children and adults. Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Operator of the new Encore casino unveiled details this week of its long-awaited ferry service which was promised as a condition for receiving its license. Passengers can get to the casino in 20 minutes at a rate of $7 per trip or $5 to go between Long Wharf and the Seaport (World Trade Center). While primarily intended to carry casino resort customers, the ferry will be available to the public for regular use, 7 days a week, 7am to midnight, using four custom boats running every 20-30 minutes. Read more at the Boson Globe. *Advertisement* 2:00PM The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals For Family and Friends. Join I AM Books at 189 North Street for “The Italian Table”, delivering both parts of the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location. Combining menus and recipes with visual experience and inspiration–as well as insight into the traditions of the food and celebrations–it serves as a practical resource that gives home cooks and hosts step-by-step guidance on how to re-create these fabulous meals at their own tables. Today is Friday, May 10th and here’s what you need to know for this weekend… Greenway Throwback: 11:00AM Bubble Festival on Boston Common. The celebration will include giant floating bubble demonstrations from various bubble performers, a DJ, live entertainment, giveaways, and more, see additional details here. center_img 4:00PM Boston Night Market at City Hall Plaza. Inspired by night markets in Asia, the 2nd Annual Boston Night Market will be a spectacular evening of lights, food, games, and entertainment. Bigger, Brighter and Bolder than ever before, see additional details here. Saturday, May 11 Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar. Here’s what we know about the ferry between Boston’s waterfront and Encore casino Weather Forecast: 1:00PM Friday Films at the North End Library: Women’s Pictures: When Women Ruled the Movie Box Office. Join the North End Library in April and May for their Friday Films series: Women’s Pictures: When Women Ruled the Movie Box Office, curated and introduced by Professor Barry Marshall. This week’s film is The Letter, see additional details here. Notable News: Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured! It’s our 10th Anniversary and we are celebrating a decade of community news at! Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links. Become a Patron to receive free rewards including neighborhood photo calendars, custom mugs and updates from the editor.*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron (New Rewards!)*last_img read more

Boston Pride will also have their annual pride par

first_imgBoston Pride will also have their annual pride parade happening on Saturday, June 8 at noon. The parade starts at Copley Square and finishes on City Hall Plaza. Last year, around 750,000 people came out to enjoy the parade according to organizers. They expect even more people this year. “The Stonewall riots sparked a gay revolution. Now we need a transgender revolution,” said Chastity Bowick in honor of activist Marsha P. Johnson, a key person in the Stonewall Riots.  “I struggled to find role models I could relate to,” she said. “Trans people were shown in a different light then. I am glad light shines more brightly on our beautiful family.” Pride flag at City Hall Boston Pride is in full swing! The celebrations kicked off last Friday with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall. The rainbow flag waved proudly in the air next to the American flag and the Boston Bruins flag outside City Hall in honor of Boston’s 49th annual Pride Week. This year’s theme is “Look Back, Loving Forward,” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – a series of violent protests against police raids at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The riots are considered a key moment in the fight for LGBTQ rights. “We are an inclusive open city,” he said. “This is who we are.” “This is a strong, resilient and brave community,” said Parade Marshall Ava Glasscott. *Advertisement* Mayor Martin Walsh expressed how grateful he is that Boston continues to be a welcoming city, saying they upheld protections for trans people in public spaces in the last election and outlawed gay conversion therapy for children. Glasscott said growing up as a trans woman was hard especially in terms of finding role models.  The flag raising at City Hall marks the kick off of #PrideMonth — we’re ready for the 49th Annual Boston Pride Celebration!— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) May 31, 2019 However, Walsh said there was more work to be done to be even more inclusive for the LGBTQ community, and others echoed that statement.  It is our 10th Anniversary and we are celebrating a decade of community news at! Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Contribute online at the links below or checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109. Become a Patron to receive free rewards including neighborhood photo calendars, custom mugs and special updates from the editor.*Become a Patron (Rewards!)* or *Make a One-Time Contribution*last_img read more

Check out Fences in theaters nationwide on Christ

first_imgCheck out Fences, in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.  Sequoia Blodgett is the Technology Editor for Black Enterprise, Silicon Valley. She is also the founder of 7AM, a lifestyle, media platform, focused on personal development, guided by informed, pop culture. About two years ago, one of the world’s hottest Hollywood agents, Charles D. King, left behind his position at WME to start his own company Marco Ventures, centered at the intersection of content, technology, and brand curation. With a focus on creating film, television, and digital content for African American, Latin, and multicultural consumers, his brainchild has produced of one of the most profound movies of 2016, accompanied by heavy Oscar buzz.Image: Twitter/Charles King – Macro Ventures Fences is an adaptation of a play written by August Wilson. Set in the 1950s,  the film stars world renowned actor Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson and iconic actress Viola Davis as his wife, Rose Maxson, as they come to terms with realistic, life changing events, that affect African American families even today. In addition to starring in the movie, it was also directed and produced by Denzel Washington. The Fences San Francisco premiere recently took place at the famous Curran theater, hosted by Mayor Willie Brown, Jr. The cast was in attendance, including, Denzel Washington, Russell Hornsby, Stephen Henderson, and newcomer Jovan Adepo. Thirty-nine years ago, Washington came to San Francisco with $800 in his pocket and a full scholarship to the American Conservatory Theater. “I stayed at the Sheraton Palace Hotel for $35.00 a night, and I knew after the first night [that] I had to get out of there. I got a job at a restaurant immediately, so I could eat for free. By the next afternoon, I had a $150.00 a month apartment and worked at a restaurant called Salmagundi’s, which was literally across the street from the Curran. Thirty-nine years later, I’m standing here talking to you,” says Washington.center_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 read more

Prepared by UPF Peru On Saturday April 27 the P

first_imgPrepared by UPF PeruOn Saturday, April 27, the “PEACE ROAD 2019 PERU” was officially launched, with a 6km walk “Cuetina 2019 for life, peace and the practice of sports”.Ambassadors for peace and students of the prestigious Technological Institute Carlos Cueto Fernandini participated in this activity.During the walk, the population applauded the peace walkers, and also the Ambassadors for Peace committed themselves to work more for peace in Peru and the World.The Walk for Peace was concluded by presenting acknowledgments to the Ambassadors for Peace, Director Dr. Alejandrino Ramírez Castillo and professors of the STP Institute. Carlos Cueto Fernandini, who had shown excellent management of the event and who live according to the guiding principles of Peace of the UPF.On behalf of our President of UPF Peru, Dr. Trevor E. Jones, was Mr. Jaime Fernández Tupac, UPF General Secretary, who gave a final closing message for the Peace Road 2019 activity, where he gave special thanks to the Ambassadors for Peace who were present on this important day.Click to see more pictureslast_img read more

When Travis Montaque left corporate America to lau

first_imgWhen Travis Montaque left corporate America to launch Emogi, he wasn’t creating just another pack of emoji or sticker content. For him, it was a chance to pursue his dream as an entrepreneur. After moving up the corporate ladder as general manager of Chick-fil-A, and servicing a private equity firm as an investment banker, Montaque was given the opportunity to work on Wall Street, but surprised everyone when he turned the offer from Goldman Sachs down.He wanted to create something of his own. This lead to the birth of Emogi, which he describes as a content engine for communication services that helps people have better emotional conversations. The company applies natural language processing (NLP) to digital conversations to serve up animated, branded stickers and GIFs at exactly the moment users need them—creating huge exposure for brands and increased emotional intelligence for users. Today, Emogi serves over 1 billion digital messages a month. Due to his technological discoveries, Montaque was named Forbes 30 under 30.Black Enterprise caught up with Montaque to discuss, in detail, his path from the corporate ladder to creative freedom.Black Enterprise: Tell us about your backgroundI was born and raised in South Florida. I’ve always dreamed of starting my own business. Actually, I started my first business when I was 9. I gathered several of my friends to wash cars for a week but realized after I paid all my friends that there was not enough money left to continue operating. You can call that my first startup fail!My first job was at Chick-fil-A when I was 15 years old. That was an incredibly exciting experience for me because by the time I was 19 I was promoted five times to become a general manager, managing 120 employees, and working with corporate on South Florida expansion initiatives. I attended school at the University of Miami where I studied finance. During that time, I left my position at Chick-Fil-A to work at a private equity firm in South Florida and then moved to Barclays as an investment banker. In addition to my professional endeavors, I spent time promoting global entrepreneurship—having orchestrated philanthropic projects in Galapagos, Jamaica, and Miami, among others.I found that the work I was doing in finance didn’t align with my passion to make a difference nor my increasing interest in what was happening around me in the world of data and technology. I decided to cease working in finance and founded the company that you see today, starting with recruiting a talented team of engineers, system architects, and data scientists.At that time, I also realized I couldn’t get to where I wanted to be while still living in Miami. Within seven days of that realization, I moved to New York. My decision to jump into entrepreneurship headfirst helped me quickly discover who I am and what I stand for.Today, I continue to serve as founder and CEO of Emogi, a content engine for communication services that helps people have better conversations whether they’re texting on a chat app, commenting on a post, or sending a video to friends. Partnering with leading messaging platforms, Emogi’s technology redefines messaging as a new hub for brands and content creation.At age 23, I was named Forbes 30 Under 30 for discovering this data-driven marketing method that provides greater emotional expression in today’s digital conversations.Why do you think Emogi is important to a market saturated with Emojis?Emogi is the first tech company that is servicing conversational content in a person’s messaging experience. Emogi is not just another pack of emoji or sticker content that depends on the user to find, install, download, and potentially forget. Emogi is directly integrated with messaging apps to provide a seamless experience for users. Our Emotion Engine surfaces content to people as their conversation unfolds, based off where they are, the ongoing conversation, or what they might be searching for at a particular moment as they message. Not only is the content contextual, it is also updated daily to capture holidays, memes, and more.The technology and content we provide in messaging environments are important because this is where people are sharing the most. Last year, people sent 2.8 trillion emoji, stickers, and gifs compared to the 1.8 trillion YouTube videos watched or 1.6 trillion Google searches. The numbers speak for themselves. Being able to express yourself digitally is an intrinsic part of society now, and at Emogi we’re excited to be part of that.(Image: Emogi)What makes your company stand out?Our tech is truly breakthrough. We’ve leveraged machine learning to build an enriched conversational experience in messaging, which has not been done before. Emogi’s Emotion Engine understands the relationship between content, words, places, times, etc. for the purpose of delivering the most relevant content to people as they communicate with the people most important to them. This allows us to offer a better user experience, elongate conversations, and help build personal connections in messaging apps.With the ever-changing advancements in tech, where do you see it in three to five years?Our mission is to enrich conversations everywhere with useful content. Innovation leading to digital communication platforms created the need for conversational content like emoji, stickers, and gifs. We conducted user studies to understand why they use conversational content and the top four reasons were “helps me more accurately express what I’m thinking,” “makes it easy for people to understand me,” “creates a more personal connection with others,” and “simply, a better fit than words for the way I think.” While the prevailing platforms and formats may change over time, the need for digital expression and communication will not. Emogi’s mission will become increasingly relevant as the world becomes more digital. We will be at the heart of this need. LISTSAmerica’s Forgotten Massacre: The Destruction a…75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 read more